Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"A Tuscarora War Trio: Core Tom, Captain Brice, and the Baron"

Dr. David La Vere, noted Author and Professor of History at UNC-Wilmington will present  "A Tuscarora War Trio:  Core Tom, Captain Brice, and the Baron" about the war that began in September 1711 in Eastern North Carolina.  In addition, a moment of silence and reflection will be observed in memory of those known and unknown whose lives were affected during the war.  For more information about Dr. La Vere's books and projects, please visit

Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 1 pm
Cullman Performance Hall • North Carolina History Center • 529 South Front St., New Bern, NC

Dr. La Vere’s Presentation is Free and Open to the Public.  Everyone is Welcome!

Delicious refreshments will be served after the presentation by Grandma’s Goodies of New Bern, 252.617.5828.

Come early and visit the beautiful Tryon Palace and the new North Carolina History Center which has an excellent permanent exhibit about the history of Eastern North Carolina.  To learn more, please visit their website at

Please see the updated website at for e a listing of other historical and cultural events that are scheduled in our area in the near future.

The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina
252.349.0405 (Telephone)


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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Blackbeard's Revenge

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. -- When boarding a ship, he burned cannon wicks in his hair, scaring victims into thinking he'd come from Hell. He shot his own sailmaster in the knee to discourage mutiny and commanded a pirate navy bold enough to blockade a whole city.

Yet Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard, has never been more popular on the Crystal Coast and Outer Banks of North Carolina. His personal flag, a demon with hourglass and a spear piercing a crimson heart, flutters from many homes and shops. Blackbeard is big business here, from his one-time home at Bath, to Beaufort Inlet where his Queen Anne's Revenge is now being salvaged, to Ocracoke, where he met a violent end. There is everything from a beer to a rock band named for the world's most famous pirate, whose glory days covered 1717-18.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Riding Out Huricane Irene on Hatteras Island

Huricane Irene: A Storm to Remember
by Dawn Taylor
Mirlo Beach, NC 

As I sit here trying to come up with the opening words to write this blog, I can not help but think of all that has happened on Hatteras Island, since Hurricane Irene hit. By now, most of you have heard through the news media about the destruction here. Many homes and businesses were destroyed. Lives are now changed in so many different ways. But just as our ancestors have done over the years, we will persevere. We have pulled together and once again shown our strengths as a community. I am so proud and so thankful for all who have rolled up their sleeves, put on their waders and boots, in order to selflessly lend a hand. We are so blessed...

Tide coming in...Avon, NC

Dad and I have weathered quite a few storms together in our home. We live in my late Grandparent's old place in Avon. We feel secure here. This house is built like they used to build them...strong...sturdy...made to endure harsh winds and storms. Dad did however, have the house raised after dealing with it being only three feet off the ground. Only so many times of carpets ruined, walls warped, and furniture and appliances trashed, can one take. So up it went...12 feet into the air. 

About a week before Irene hit, all eyes pretty much stayed glued to the weather. A lot of the islanders, especially the old timers, are pretty good at predicting where storms are going and what should be done in order to prepare. With that said, Dad and I made several trips to the grocery store for canned goods and other items that might be needed during and afterwards. We gassed up the trucks. Made sure the generator worked. Moved the camper and both trucks to higher ground. Secured all outdoor items...and then waited.

Waiting for the storm to hit has always seemed the hardest part to me. Not knowing what the storm is going to do to your home, your family, your's nerve racking. So Dad and I, along with quite a few others, were feeling quite happy when Irene had dropped to a category 1. But boy, big things do come in small packages. The winds shifted around from the south east to the north west and a mean punch came a long with it. From Avon Village all the way to Manteo, there came a surge of ocean and sound tides. Irene was on a destructive path. A friend of mine who lives in New York called several days after...even the town he grew up in about an hour north of him was destroyed by her. Irene had left a mark.

Gerald Williams home place ~ Village of Avon

The above photo shows the home place of the late Gerald Williams. His house is located directly across the road from us. As you can see, the tide paid a visit to many of the homes and businesses of our village. Dad and I were lucky. Many others weren't. Piles of household items now lay along side the road with signs that read "Do not take away". Residence are waiting for insurance adjusters to arrive in order to receive aide in restoring what has been destroyed. Dad and I can deal with the stench of mud in the yard. We can deal with no air conditioner. No tv. No phone. Even the loss of the oil tank which heats our water and house, But to imagine dealing with the loss of treasured family photos, family heirlooms, and those things that help one get through everyday life, is hard to comprehend. 

And what is more hard to comprehend is the loss of loved ones through such disasters. Saturday night, our family almost lost two very dear members. Celia and Roger Meekins were owners of the house known as, Sentinel on Pamlico. It was their dream home. Located at Mirlo Beach, it was a landmark with it's tower that resembled a majestic lighthouse. But most of all, it was a place where they went to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island. Below is a link you may follow to read in detail about the fire that occurred there Saturday night and also the flood waters that Celia and Roger found themselves swimming through in order to reach the safe harbor of their nearby neighbors. It is through stories like theirs, that one realizes that there are still those in this world who would give their dearest possession, which is their life, in order to save others.
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